Croatia vs. France 10/14/20 UEFA Nations League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Croatia 1-0-2, France 2-1-0
10/14/20 2:45 pm
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Croatia is welcoming France to Maksimir in round 4 in the UEFA Nations League.
After two losses in a row in the first two games in the Nations League, Croatia is now on a 2-game winning streak during which they scored 4 goals and conceded 2 goals. Their latest win came against Sweden at home in the Nations League. Croatia has had 54% of ball possession in that match, 6 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a solid 81% of the correct passes. Croatia got ahead in the 31st minute of the game, while Sweden tied the score in the 66th game. In the 84th minute, the leading goalscorer in Bundesliga, Andrej Kramaric scored a goal for Croatia, and the final score was 2-1 in favor of Croatia. Petkovic, Lovren, Kramaric, Brekalo, and Vlasic have each scored 1 goal for Croatia so far in the Nations League. Rebic, Kovacic, Brekalo, and Perisic have each added 1 assist. With 3 points, Croatia is now in 3rd place in the standings. Kramaric is struggling with an injury, and he will most likely not be in the lineup for this game. We can expect a few changes in the Croatian starting lineup, but when at the top of their game, Croatia can play against any team, and they certainly can score against any defense out there.
France is in a fantastic form, and they haven’t lost any of their last 11 games. In their latest match against Portugal at home, France has had 49% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 0 big chances created, and 86% of the correct passes. This match turned out to be the opposite of what I expected it to be. Sloppy game with very little chances where both teams focused on the defense. This game ended in a 0-0 draw, and for a game with so many superstars on the field, this was a huge disappointment. France is in second place in the standings with 7 points, 5 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals. Mbappe, Upamecano, Giroud, and Griezmann have each scored 1 goal for France so far in the Nations League, while Griezmann and Martial each added 1 assist. France is one of the teams with the most depth, and whatever changes coach Deschamps makes, France will be extremely dangerous. As the latest World Cup winner, France is also the biggest favorite to win the Euro Cup next year, but their defense tends to make mistakes, and that could cost them in the big competition.
Croatia has never beaten France in the past, and only Croatia’s home game against France ended in a draw. Both teams are playing in a solid form, and this should be a fantastic game. We can expect some changes in the starting lineups, but I will take Croatia at home because we are getting them at a fantastic price.